Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Efficiency Stats - Michigan

John Groce's first two Illinois teams played their best basketball in February and March.  This one didn't, and it will mean another NIT berth for Illinois.  The numbers don't lie in this one:

  • 0.87 PPP
  • 38.1 eFG%
  • 34.2 OReb%
  • 15.9 TO%
  • 22.0 FT Rate%

Shooting was bad.  Ball movement was bad.  Rebounding and turnovers were okay.  Not enough free throw attempts.  As for Michigan:

  • 1.16 PPP
  • 55.1 eFG%
  • 23.3 OReb%
  • 14.3 TO%
  • 13.6 FT Rate%

Shooting was good.  Ball movement was good.  Perhaps there's a correlation there.  Wolverines didn't turn it over much either.  That's their recipe for success.  Next up is almost certainly an NIT game on the road against a smaller school opponent.  Thanks for reading.


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Michigan ended the first half on a 23-4 run, and they lead Illinois 40-23 at halftime.  Yuck.  Not much good to say here, so we'll just get to the first half efficiency stats:

  • 0.70 PPP
  • 33.9 eFG%
  • 21.1 OReb%
  • 18.1 TO%
  • 17.9 FT Rate%

Bad shooting, not much rebounding, and a few too many turnovers.  Not a good combination on offense. And, if anything, the defense was worse:

  • 1.21 PPP
  • 53.1 eFG%
  • 17.6 OReb%
  • 6.1 TO%
  • 12.1 FT Rate%

Michigan hit shots, most of them open, and didn't turn the ball over.  They're destroying the Illini right now, who are 20 minutes away from the NIT.  More after the game.


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tonyjb37 wrote on March 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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To bad, so sad! It does not take a scientist to figure out how to win games. The absolute worst thing that you can do as a coach is exalt your team at any time that you just know is not that good. Good ole fashion ass whoopin. Hope you all enjoy your stay at home. NIT absolutely means nothing if you choose to accept a bid to play in it.

grapplinfool wrote on March 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Illinois returns the same team from last year and regresses in a down year for the big ten. Any other university serious about basketball would be on phone right now to any big name/up-and-coming coach that would listen. However, Illinois has Mike Thomas as an AD, and he's got 4 years left.

Bwp 5P wrote on March 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Disagree about changing Coaches............every few years. I had season tickets and support the "I" Fund....and am not ready to throw in the towell! Would these guys have been better with Abrams and Paul? Bet so! While today's game was a terrible effort.........The Coach didn't miss all the open shots! He didn't air-ball his first few attempts. He didn't miss the rim on a lay-up! I'm as frustrated as anyone......but even Behlein didn't win at Michigan for a few years!

We can't keep changing coaches every few years!

1st: What recruits will want to come if they think the coach is in trouble?

2nd: What Good coach would we attract if he thinks he's History if he doesn't win Immediately?

Get real Fans! I'm old....and probably will never enjoy another 1989 or 2005 season.........but it takes some time to build a program. There is NO "app" for it.............although I wish there was!

This team has been a mystery all season!

grapplinfool wrote on March 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Uh...two terrible efforts in a row with the season on line. And take your pick on any of the others thoughout the season. The recruits won't come if they think the coach is a dimwit, either. Groce got schooled by Beilein today.